Religion: China, once officially atheist, now booming with religion.


Religion: DAVIS, Calif. (RNS) When Ian Johnson first went to China as a student three decades ago, he pronounced religion there “dead.”But Johnson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist now based in Berlin and Beijing, has witnessed a transformation, one he documents in “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao,” published in April. China is experiencing “one of the great religious revivals of our time,” Johnson writes. “Across China, hundreds of temples, mosques and churches open each year, attracting millions of new worshippers. … Faith and values are returning…

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No other artist mixed religion and sex like Prince


religion :(RNS) When Prince died a year ago, he was called a game changer, an iconoclast, an innovator and a sex god by critics, fellow musicians, friends and fans. But one word lost in the grief and shock was “Christian.” Prince Rogers Nelson, whose 40 albums and 100 singles sold over 100 million records worldwide, was found dead from an overdose of painkillers in Paisley Park, his Minnesota mansion, on April 21, 2016. The 57-year-old singer, songwriter and musician created music that was as infused with his own deep faith…

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Has Christianity Become a Coward’s Religion?


Has Christianity Become a Coward’s Religion? Renaissance political thinker Niccolo Machiavelli castigated Christianity for making its adherents weak. Looking to the next world, he charged, Christians forget their public duties in this world, leaving their communities weak in the face of their enemies. Early Christian martyrs were hardly cowards. There were martyrs in Machiavelli’s day as well, and as I write martyrs are being made every day as pious Christians are murdered by the thugs of the Islamic State. One wonders, however, given some recent trends, whether some Christians in…

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Islam to overtake Christianity to be largest religion in world by 2070


Islam to overtake Christianity to be largest religion in world by 2070 ISLAM will take over Christianity as the largest religion in the world by 2070, latest research has found. Christianity : The religion is the only faith growing faster than the world’s population and is expected to grow by 73 per cent between 2010 and 2050, compared to 35 per cent for Christians.This will be powered by growth in nations such as Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to research by the US-based Pew Research Centre. There were 1.6billion…

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CHAPTER 28 KARMA, CAUSE & EFFECT Back to the Table of Contents KARMA:Question: So what about karma? Answer:  As I’ve said all along, there is a grain of truth in every philosophy,  every religion, every spiritual path; but in the first half of the Human Game, that truth had to be perverted to a greater or lesser degree in order for a Player to experience limitations and restrictions or the Game wouldn’t work. In  this  case,  the  truth  about  karma  has  been  twisted  in  many  ways  until  it  means many…

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Bible Translations, The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn’t What You Think It Is


Bible Translations: When Americans reach for their Bibles, more than half of them pick up a King James Version (KJV), according to a new study advised by respected historian Mark Noll.The 55 percent who read the KJV easily outnumber the 19 percent who read the New International Version (NIV). And the percentages drop into the single digits for competitors such as the New Revised Standard Version, New America Bible, and the Living Bible.So concludes “The Bible in American Life,” a lengthy report by the Center for the Study of Religion…

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Did God Put Us Here to Have Fun?

I write these words on the eve of the traditional Jewish New Year—a time of introspection, soul-searching and repentance for Jews around the world, a time when even secular Jews seek to make things right with God. At a time like this, it’s especially important to ask the question: Why did God create us and put us here on the earth?According to a young lady named Angel, seen on a recent interview from the Charlotte pride event and self-identified as a straight Christian, “God put us on this earth to…

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ONE PARAGRAPH: What Is Christianity Religion, About, Beliefs, Based On?

ONE PARAGRAPH: What Is Christianity Religion, About, Beliefs, Based On?Yeshua Jesus Christ, the Biblical Messiah, proclaimed that he is the only God, and proved it by speaking things and doing things that only God could do, such as walking on water, instantly calming a brutal storm, instantly healing people all around of anything whatsoever: even commanding them to come back to life from death. He also proved himself God by being the exact fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies that were given to the people (from God for thousands…

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Building bridges with other faiths

Thomas L Friedman, the New York Times columnist and author, is one of those writers who inspire admiration and indignation in equal measure. You may not always agree with him but you can’t put him down either.Commenting on a Saudi initiative for peace with Israel, also known as Arab Peace Plan, Friedman wrote last year: “What the moribund Israeli-Palestinian talks need most today is an emotional breakthrough.Another Arab declaration, just reaffirming the Abdullah initiative, won’t cut it. If King Abdullah wants to lead – and he has the integrity and…

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Freedom of Religion and the Right to Be Respected

As the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, I have recently attended for the second year in a row a special commemoration event at the Park East Synagogue in New York in conjunction with the U.N. International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Every year, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the respected and veteran interfaith dialogue contributor, brings together his congregation with the members of the U.N. diplomatic community, including the U.N. Secretary General, to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, pay tribute to survivors and underline the commitment…

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Does religion poision everything?

A common claim made by many atheists is that religion causes evil, suffering, division and war. For example, at the Munk Debate in Toronto last November, Christopher Hitchens argued this very point against Tony Blair. Religion, Hitchens claimed, causes sectarianism, division, strife, disagreement, war, poverty and a host of societal evils. In his best-selling book, God is Not Great, Hitchens even wrote that “religion poisons everything.”

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Why Organised Religion?

“I don’t see the point of attending church,” said the man to whom I’d just been introduced. “I prefer my independent Bible study. Organised religion just doesn’t make sense to me.”As we stood in my church school’s carpark after our auto show fundraiser event, several questions entered my head—questions I didn’t ask, since this gentleman’s body language and vocal inflection gave every indication that if there was a point to church and organised religion, he didn’t have any desire to know about it.

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Faith vs. Religion?

In our day, unlike in the days of generations past, we have much too simplistic a view of what it means to believe something. In the world today, many people use the word “believe” to describe their feelings about something or describe a fleeting wish or hopeful desire. But as we consider the word belief, or faith, in its fullest biblical sense, we see that the word implies God’s gracious act of giving and our humble act of receiving and resting on Christ alone, which involves our entire being: the…

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The Manliness of Adoption: Testosterone and Pure Religion

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27 (ESV)It was third grade and I was watching the events unfold. One kid, twice the size of a normal third grader, was picking on my friend who was on the opposite end of the size spectrum. As I sized up what was going on I feared my friend was about to be on the receiving end of a large…

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The Three Powers in His Name

There is power in the name of Jesus, such power that can perform wonders and miracles to effect what human efforts and understanding cannot do. In Philippians 2:9 the bible says God gave Jesus a name that is above every other name, such that at the mention of the name of Jesus every knee should bow; whether in heaven on earth or underneath. While there are names and symbols that carry a lot of power and influence in our world, they are limited to particular areas of life, such as…

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